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Police probe falters in Delhi boy's murder


Geetika Pokhriyal,CNN-IBN
Jul 30, 2009 at 11:56pm IST

New Delhi: The Delhi Police haven’t satisfactorily explained the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old schoolboy though four persons have been arrested for the crime.

Ribhu Chawla, a Class 11 student, was kidnapped outside his K R Mangalam School in Vikas Puri, West Delhi, on Tuesday and was found murdered in Vasant Kunj, southwest Delhi, on Wednesday 10 hours later.

He was murdered when his parents were allegedly paying ransom for his release. According to the police, Ribhu was returning to home with his friend on a scooter at around 1430 hrs IST on Tuesday when four men in a silver WagonR car stopped them.

After a brief conversation with Ribhu, they forcibly pulled him inside their car. “They forced him inside,” says Prashant Verma, Ribhu’s friend who was with him on the scooter.

The kidnappers then drove off with Ribhu on the GT Karnal road and used the boy’s phone to call his parents on phone and demand Rs 60-lakh ransom. This was negotiated down to Rs 40 lakhs and his father paid Rs 15 lakh to kidnappers at a secret location.

The police, however, failed to explain why they could not trace Ribhu if the kidnappers were using his cellphone, or arrest the kidnappers when his father was paying the ransom.

Also unanswered is the police’s failure to track the car in which the kidnappers were driving around with Ribhu. “I would not like to make any comment," said Ajai Kashyap, Joint Commissioner of Police, Southern Range, who held a press conference on the crime.

Kunal Bhandari, Rishabh Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, and Gaurav, the four men accused of kidnapping and murdering Ribhu, have been sent to judicial custody till August 4.

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